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Old 11-16-2006, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default CD/DVD disappearing

Please note i'm a bit of a novice at computers.

My CD/DVD Rom seems to, at random, do a Houdini act ie.. It doesnít appear in My Computer, CDís once inserted start to load then just stop. It is as if the drive has vanished.
The weird thing is this, when I bought the computer a few months ago the problem briefly appeared once only disappear the following day, since then the CD Rom has worked fine ever since, until Now that is!
When discs are actually recognised the drive works fine, discs burn alright etc..
So I donít think itís a hardware fault, plus the laptop is fairly new.

Now the drive just appears when it wants to: sometimes it is recognised at Boot Up-appears on Windows, then usually the drive disappears after about 10mins, sometimes approx 40mins.
Once I caught the Drive logo in My Computer actually disappear before my very eyes, a big red logo appears over it and it then vanishes into thin air!
Sometimes the drive is simply not recognised at BootUp full stop.
It is a totally random event.

The Event Viewer records the error thusÖ

Product: Windows Operating System
Event ID: 12
Source: PlugPlayManager
Version: 5.2
Symbolic Name: ERR_SURPRISE_REMOVAL_2
Message:
The device 'CD-ROM Drive' (IDE\CdRomPHILIPS_SPD8003L1_______________________ U5P1____\5&2202d80a&0&0.1.0) disappeared from the system without first being prepared for removal.

I have tried reinstalling Windows but to no avail.
I have also tried reconfiguring the order the drives boot up in Bios but it doesnít seem to matter either way.

Some specs that I can findÖ
Motherboard: Mobile Intel Celeron M350
CPU/Speed:1300 mhz
Video Card: Mobile Intel R 915GMS, GMS 910.gml Express
Operating System: Win XP

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:31 AM   #2
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Default Re: CD/DVD disappearing

Could possibly be a loose connector on the back of the drive
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But when the drive is recognised it works fine!
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Yeah but if its loose then the signal will be intermittant causing the problems ya mentioning above, so just check the connectors
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